Weight can often be a heavy topic, with many people unhappy about the numbers on their scales, whether that number is below or above what they want. However, it is important to note that it is actually fat loss we should be concentrating on and not weight because this can fluctuate throughout the day, with so many factors playing a role (whether you’ve gone to the toilet or not!). If you’re concerned about your diet, it can help to focus on health and nutrition rather than the line on your scales.
With so many changes happening, it is inevitable that your eating habits have changed. In a recent study, 48% of respondents stated that they have put on weight during lockdown, 48% reported of increased anxiety and depression and 29% said that their alcohol consumption has increased. Feelings of low mood, higher cortisol levels, more alcohol, increased snacking and less movement are all factors that may have created new problems related to weight or exacerbated existing issues with food and mental health. Whilst a few extra pounds are not worrying in itself, the main concern is that the unhealthy habits that have been picked up through lockdown may continue when life goes back to normal, which can have detrimental effects on our health.
Our top 5 tips for healthier eating are:
- Mindful eating- Engaging in mindful eating away from your desk can make a huge difference to your consumption of food, and also the amount you are likely to eat later on! Studies have found that eating mindfully at mealtimes reduced mindless snacking by as much as 30%. Mindful eating means no distractions from your phone, laptop or TV, slowing down and chewing each bite at least 20 times.
- Make healthier snacking more accessible- Store some of your go-to naughty snacks (you know the ones we mean!) at the back of the cupboard or fridge so they’re not the first thing you see when you're hungry or bored. Keep an eye out for a blog coming soon on the pro’s and con’s of snacking and some healthy snack recipes!
- Batch cook- Especially now when so many are working from home, there is more time to get adventurous with home-cooked meals. If you aren’t a huge cooking fan, try batch cooking on a Sunday so that all of your meals are prepared for the week ahead. You can freeze them too, and it's also going to save you a lot of money!
- Hydrate- Did you know 65% of our body consists of water?! Dehydration can have a massive impact on energy levels, concentration, short-term memory, productivity and even mood! Sometimes when we feel hungry or crave sugar or carbs, we are actually on the verge of dehydration so ensure you are aiming for at least 2 litres of water a day.
- Keep moving- Exercise can be incorporated into your day in the cleverest of ways and can be much more fun than dragging yourself to the gym. Walk to the shops if possible, cycle around the town that you live in, do a 20 minute workout in the morning or on your lunch break.
Whilst these are very useful tips to keep the weight at bay, we have got your back with our our calorie-controlled diet plans! They are designed to eliminate the stress of planning, shopping and cooking healthy meals, by delivering food to you on a weekly basis. They are 100% plant-based and include a variety of delicious juices, smoothies, soups and snacks, ranging from 1,250 to 2,250 calories per day
Whether you're looking to lose a bit of fat that you gained during lockdown or kick start some healthier habits, our programmes are aimed to make sure that you are getting the right amount of goodness from fresh food and drinks. The best part is that you won’t feel hungry either because we have developed the perfect balance of fats, protein, carbohydrates and fibre that will keep you feeling satisfied.